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Clean Your Fridge Sans Chemicals
Instead of harsh chemicals, try steam cleaning off tough grime. It works great for your refrigerator. Green cleaning is easy.
Garden with Native Plants
By gardening with native plants, you'll see many benefits, from using less water and pesticides to attracting local wildlife.
Instead of Plastic Stir Sticks...
Cut down on waste with this simple suggestion to skip plastic stir sticks. Pour the beverages together instead to mix them.
Keep Your Shower Clean, Green and Mold Free
Instead of using chemical sprays to keep mold from taking over your shower, consider a free, easy alternative. Simply wipe the walls with a towel after you are finished to inhibit mold growth.
Simplify Your Life
Reconnecting with nature is a good way to find purpose and meaning. Simplify your life, and live better and more eco friendly.
Audit Your Irrigation System
Irrigation is a huge drain on the world's water supply, but a professional can help farmers and others reduce waste in their irrigation systems.
I stay away from bleach, and use safer alternatives instead like Oxiclean. I also reuse rinse water for other tasks, like washing my deck.
Traveling in the Green
There are simple things anyone can do to enjoy a great vacation, while minimizing harm to the environment. Ecotourism is about being a responsible traveler.
Recycle Those Cell Phones
Bath and Body Works stores will take old cell phones and donate them to women's shelters on your behalf. It's easy reuse and recycling, and prevents e-waste.
Shred Used Paper for Packaging
Save on packing materials and recycle used paper in one easy step. Shred used paper for use as packaging.
Make Your Own Baby Food
Making your own baby food will save you money, and means healthy eating for your little one.
Meat's Big Impact
With all the talk about food miles, don't forget that meat and dairy production consume huge amounts of resources. Going vegetarian or vegan is much better for the environment.
Install An Attic Fan
Installing an attic fan can efficiently decrease the energy your house needs for cooling.
Promote Bountiful Bee Sanctuaries
In a win-win, set-aside land can be used for wildflowers and to support bees.
Have A Drug-Free Pregnancy
Start your baby's life off right with a natural, drug-free birth.
Use Super Concentrated Cleaning Products
It's an easy way to cut down on waste.
Change Your Assumptions On Indoor Temps
There are plenty of ways to keep cool or warm without using excessive amounts of energy.
Use Netflix To Reduce Waste
Instead of buying movies or driving to the video store, why not try out Netflix?
Find a CSA Near You
Local Community Supported Agriculture is only a click away.
See America Via Train
Taking the train is an exciting way to see the country.
Ship with USPS
Skip FedEx or UPS and cut down on miles and fuel.
It might seem a little drastic and weird at first, but here's an easy way to save water.
Mailing List Removal
Here's a simple tip to stop getting so many of those wasteful catalogs in the mail.
Changes in the Church
Many churches, even from conservative religions, are going greener.
Joys of the 100-Mile Diet
My wife and I have been trying the 100-mile diet for a little over a month and feel better for it. We never realized just how bad processed foods were.
Toxic Lawns Take Their Toll
After the death of the family dog from cancer, one reader took a closer look at lawn chemicals, and was disturbed by what he found.
Discover Bamboo Mats
Bamboo mats are beautiful and functional. And my cat doesn't bother mine.
Local Honey Decreases Sick Days
Dramatic results seen at one company.
Some studies have called the safety of microwaved food in doubt, so it's better to play it safe.
Although CFLs have received a lot of press recently, some homeowners have been using them for years.
Canvas Tote Bags
When my husband and I first started carrying our groceries home in tote bags, we got strange looks. Now the local supermarket sells bags for the purpose.
What I've Done So Far
Everyone can make a difference. Here are one person's choices.
Carbon Footprint Map
This cool interactive map is packed with data on carbon use across the country. See how your state stacks up.
Reduce the Clutter in Your Mailbox
You can reduce paper waste by opting out of prescreened offers, getting off junkmail lists and going paperless with your bills. Here's how.
Cloth Diapers - My Choice
I've heard a lot of discussion on the carbon footprint of cloth vs. disposable diapers. Here's what I do.
Give Up Meat
Meat is one of the biggest items we should give up. This would do as much as not driving your car, not to mention the cruelty involved. It would be a good thing all the way around. Brenda Stouffer
Line Dry One Load of Laundry a Week
Just one load a week, hang up your laundry to dry outside. People are starting to do this everywhere, because it also saves $. If everybody just did this one load a week a ton of electricity would be saved. Plus, if you line dry your sheets and towel
Take Your Totes
Don't forget to take your bags wherever you are shopping. Home Depot (for me) is the best place to use cloth bags since their products are prone to tearing plastic bags (because of weight, sharp corners, etc.). Michael
Take Me Off Your Mailing List
When I receive mail that I do not want - if they include a postage paid envelope - I cross off my name and address and write "PLEASE TAKE ME OFF YOUR CONTACT LIST." This has been successful, and they pay the postage. If they do not enclose
Don't Bag It
At the grocery store they tried to wrap my eggs in plastic and the fish too before putting in the paper bags. I told them to get rid of the plastic bags altogether!!! Lyne
Reuse Plastic Bags for Garbage
I use every bag stores give me to take out my trash. I don't buy trash bags, so I don't actually feel guilty for taking them. Is there another solution? If I didn't do this, I'd have to buy trash bags, which isn't any better, right? Heather
Seek Organic Dairy
rBGH growth hormones may cause early maturation and breast cancer. Use true organic dairy instead.
Refresh Compacted Soil
The soil in modern housing tracks is severely compacted during construction. You would need to amend the soil under your new walkway or patio with organic material. This should go down 18 inches or so to get past the compacted soil. Mulch is a good a
Save water in the shower by sharing with a partner and choosing to shower every other day.
Kill Your Dryer
Get rid of those dryers. They just EAT electricity. Hang your wash on a line in the fresh air like Momma or maybe Grandma used to do! Your wash will smell nice too. Gill Stribling-Wright
Attract Bees with Desert Blooms
Support beneficial bees with beautiful plants that grow well in desert climates.
Grow Greener Grass
A lush lawn is inviting and adds property value, and it doesn't have to break your bank or the environment. Organic lawn care is easier than you think.
Printing Power: One Step Closer to a Paperless Office
You retrieve your printouts and discover there's one last page slipping out that has a line or two of code that is totally useless. What to do?